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Human rights: Ricky Martin opens centre to help fight human trafficking

Ricky Martin is to open a new Prevention Centre in Puerto Rico, which he hopes will help to protect young people from human trafficking.

The singer has various other initiatives running in Puerto Rico already including the 'Se Trata' community program, which is jointly run Doral Bank and Ricky Martin's own charitable fund the Ricky Martin Foundation, set up in 2000.

His foundation's mission is to "defend children's rights and in alliance with other sectors of society, hope to influence on adequate policy making and promote awareness efforts that will secure them the right to be children."

It grants scholarships that offer financial support to students from low-income backgrounds enabling them to attend the School of Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico.

Martin's new Child Development and Prevention Centre will open early in 2012 and will have ten classrooms, a library and a recreation area.

The centre will offer children at risk emotional support and education that will "give them support and the tools they need to guarantee them a better future".

It is hoped that the project will spread to other areas such as the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Latin America.

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